Columnist Armstrong Williams struggles with the suicide of a close friend and how to help prevent suicide. That has a lot to do with learning to listen, rather than giving advice, when someone you care about is feeling sad, scared, angry, or hopeless.
As America searches for answers after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School and President Obama proposes an assault weapons ban, raising sons who don’t become killers also depends on helping them understand and safely express painful emotions.
An innovative initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is helping Veterans overcome challenges reintegrating into their homes, communities and civilian jobs.
Elisa Etienne, a family support specialist helping end homelessness for Veteran families in South Florida, says her work has helped her “learn to remember that everyone has a story and no one person always makes the right choices; sometimes individuals need a helping hand to regain their footing and remind themselves that they are inherently good and blessed beyond measure.”
PAIRS Foundation’s collaborative program with the Department of Veterans Affairs was recognized Wednesday with the prestigious “Spirit of Planetree” award for strengthening relationships among family, friends and social supports as a critical component of patient-centered care and improving outcomes for Veterans impacted by post traumatic stress.
Ending homelessness for Veterans is not just about housing – healthy, stable relationships matter too
Ending homeless for America’s veterans is not just about stable, affordable housing. Evidence-based skills training for creating and sustaining healthy, lasting relationships with family members, neighbors and co-workers is also vital to their long-term success.
Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado said Parkview Gardens, a new Carrfour community that opened in Liberty City this week, is a model for the potential for public/private partnerships to provide quality, affordable housing to reduce homelessness in America’s most distressed urban neighborhoods.